From real life violence to reel life violence, this actor has seen it all. Raised in the streets of East Los Angeles where violence of gangs was a daily occurrence, actor Raymond Cruz belongs to one such family who has links to the very old Los Angeles gangs, yet he was able to get out of those streets and land himself in an acting world. According to Cruz, sometimes the best examples in life are bad examples because it keeps you from going in that direction. For Cruz, it was best to avoid those streets and he did manage to do it.
Cruz was involved in American literature at a young age. He said in an interview with the daily beast, ‘I read Moby Dick at 8 years old, and then read it again at 10. I read the entire Little House on the Prairie series and every American classic I could get my hands on, and then I was just so fascinated that they were turning them into films, so I’d seek out films as well.’ He attended East Los Angeles College and can speak both Spanish and English languages.
Cruz stepped into Hollywood at the age of 19. Amazed and fascinated by the fact that his favorite American classics were turning into movies and growing up watching TV shows, Cruz never once imagined he would turn out as an actor one day at the time. But today he has earned himself a pretty big name in Hollywood.
Descending from Mexican ancestral line, Cruz is an American actor best known for his starring role as Detective Julio Sanchez in the series The Closer and his recurring role as the drug lord Tuco Salamanca in the crime drama Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He is a two time winner of Image Foundation Awards for Best Supporting Actor for The Closer in the years 2006 and 2009.
There is no denying that Raymond Cruz would have never been in a relationship in these 54 long years but none of them managed to turn into marriage. Yes, his records are silent about him having any wife or ever getting married. There is no official marriage or divorce record found. As he likes to lay low in these matters, any of his girlfriends have not made it to the official date. No wife or girlfriend at least officially has opened up the chances of being gay. He has never spoken about this either and we lack any concrete evidence of the existence of his male partner. To sum it all up he has kept his dating history a secret.
Cruz is currently starring on the series Major Crimes. He has a height of 5 feet 7 inch and a roughly estimated net worth of around $2 million (unofficial source).